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Since just after Labor Day, Cypress Creek Pet Care has been hosting 26 of these dogs. Only two have found their owners. Continue…
We’re often asked, “What do you do for your own pets?” So, we put together some preventative tips the doctors and team at Cypress Creek Pet Care follow to PREVENT problems in our pets and keep them healthy. Continue…
You may have heard in the news or online about the outbreak of Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) in dogs. The current outbreak appears to have started in Georgia and Florida at a dog show. Other dogs in 12 states have tested positive, many from exposure to the original dogs.
When we think of allergies, especially during springtime, we think of people sneezing and coughing with watery, itchy eyes. Dogs and cats, however, don’t experience the same signs. They often show the following signs:
- Rubbing at face
- Scratching at ears
- Chewing paws
- Scratching at armpits
- Chewing over the tail, behind the ears, and in the groin region
- Gastrointestinal signs- vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss
The signs causing your pet’s discomfort depend on the cause of the allergy. Food, fleas, and environmental materials can all cause reactions. The most common allergens that affect dogs and cats are the ones that affect us, too. These are called
The most common allergens that affect dogs and cats are the ones that affect us, too. These are called inhaled allergies or atopy:
At Cypress Creek Pet Care, we are using the latest products to help ease your pet’s suffering.
Apoquel, an oral pill, has proven very effective in dogs to block the itchy symptoms from inhaled allergens. Given twice daily to start, then daily to maintain, we have found over 80 percent of dogs receive benefit.
Cytopoint, an injection for dogs, is newer on the market and has a different mechanism of action than Apoquel. It is injected monthly at the clinic and directly helps the immune system fight the allergens that are inhaled.
You may have noticed the lack of pet allergy products for cats. Most products are not studied in cats. Our doctors at Cypress Creek Pet Care can recommend other products to help your kitty. Transitioning your cat to an ‘indoor cat’ can help; however, it’s important to remember we all breathe air and our homes are not air tight. We also bring in pollens and molds on our clothes.
The next common cause of allergies is reactions to fleas. Any pet can react to a single flea bite. But you don’t see any fleas? What about a person that is allergic to bee stings – all it takes is one! That person is not surrounded by bees, but imagine if that person was bitten daily; even weekly?
How can we prevent reactions to fleas?
- Topical products like Frontline, Advantage are very useful: These can create oily residue on the pet. They also can fade with frequent washing and bathing
- Oral products have become more popular: At Cypress Creek Pet Care, we recommend Nexgard and Trifexis for dogs and Revolution for cats. Ask your veterinarian for more information on oral pet allergy treatment options.
- Treating your house and yard: While helpful when infested, one to two fleas can be missed, lay eggs, and the cycle continues while your pet suffers. Premise treatment alone is not effective.
- Bathing and dipping: This style of treatments removes the fleas from the pet for that moment. Chemicals in these products can also absorb into the pet and the person using them. They have no repellent activity.
Less common are food allergies. Food allergies in dogs and cats only make up about five to 10 percent of the cases of allergies. If your pet seems to have a reaction to a certain type of food does NOT mean the food is poor quality. The pet is likely reacting to an ingredient or ingredients in that food. Signs to look for can be:
- Itchiness similar to inhaled allergens
- Gastrointestinal signs:
- Weight loss
- Itchy rear
“Ears and rears” is a popular phrase dermatologists give to food allergies.
How do we figure this out? Our pets need to eat. This is the hard part – a few things to try if your pet is shying away from their food.
- Put the pet on a single protein and single carbohydrate food
- The protein and carbohydrate have to have never been fed before
- No treats, no flavored toys during the trial
- Trials can take 2-3 months
Think about a person with a peanut allergy. They react to ANY peanut, no matter how small. The food allergic pet is similar. So, during the trial, to make sure of a correct diagnosis, we have to be very strict.
After the trial, a new protein or carbohydrate can be added every one to two weeks. If a reaction occurs, we recommend eliminating that particular food.
This process is very difficult in multi-pet households and those with children or other family members who may not be on board with the food trial. Our veterinarians can discuss types of food and methods of doing this pet food allergy test at home.
Allergies can be very frustrating. We hate to see our pets suffer from scratching and frequent infections. Gastrointestinal signs are also not pleasant to watch.
Call us today at (512) 236-5665 to set up a consultation and create a plan tailored to your pet’s needs.
Our pets benefit from dental care just like we do. What happens if you don’t brush your teeth for a day, a week, a month, a year? Can you imagine the smell, the gum swelling, the buildup? That is what happens to our pets.
Plaque forms daily. Layers upon layers over time form hard, concrete-like calculus. The calculus causes the gums to become inflamed, called gingivitis. This is a dark red line that starts at the edge of the gum where it meets the tooth. Then the inflammation spreads to the bone that holds the teeth in place, and becomes periodontal disease.
Many of us have heard our dentists tell us we have pockets or receding gums, which is periodontal disease. Once this occurs, the process cannot be reversed, but can be stopped. Without intervention, the bone loss causes loosening of the tooth. The entire process is painful, leads to infection, and loss of the tooth.
What can you do to prevent this?
Brushing with pet- appropriate toothpaste. Cypress Creek Pet Care has toothpaste in vanilla-mint, chicken and salmon flavors that are okay for pets to swallow. Let us show you!
Routine check-ups. Every annual wellness exam at Cypress Creek Pet Care includes a full mouth exam. Let our doctors assess when your pet needs a professional cleaning.
Regular cleanings and x-rays – We humans see our dentists at least yearly, and some of us go in more often than that. Regular cleanings under the gum line will remove the calculus and x-rays assess problems below the gum line. Anesthesia is needed to fully clean those hard to reach places and perform x-rays. Dogs and cats won’t say “AHHHHH” for the hour or more it takes to perform these procedures. Dental health month is October. Give us a call to make your pet’s appointment.
Stay away from hard TOYS . Any toy or chew that won’t bend or allow the tooth to sink or break like safety glass (Greenies) will fracture a tooth, even just the tip, eventually. Good toys and chews include Kongs, Gumabones, rope chews, greenies, and soft raw hides. At CCPC, we carry a special rawhide, made by CET, that has the same enzymes in it as the toothpaste. Come on in for a sample.
For more information about dental disease. check out What to Expect if your Pet needs Dental Care
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